Extended due date! Submissions now due 5 June 2017

Me. Us. IT

You are invited to make a submission to the 34th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Conference.

The ASCILITE conference is the leading annual conference for practitioners and researchers committed to best practice and excellence in the use of technologies for teaching and learning in the tertiary sector throughout Australasia. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss recent developments and current challenges in both theory and practice.

The ASCILITE conference attracts a large number of participants with interests in tertiary education from diverse fields, including

  • e-learning research and strategy
  • educational design
  • web applications and services
  • interactive multimedia
  • library and information studies.

The conference also attracts participants with interests in the transition from vocational education, secondary education and correctional education, to tertiary education.

Conference Theme

The theme of the conference – Me. Us. IT – reflects our focus on exploring the interrelationships between the individual, community and technology in tertiary education contexts. The theme is intended to support exploration of a wide range of topics and to encourage authors to focus on the intersection between people, technology and pedagogy.

Me provides a focus on individuals – students, teaching staff, educational designers, administrators – and their experiences and expectations of technology in higher education. It will include key topics related to individuals in higher education such as adaptive learning, personalised pathways, student ownership of data and content, learning analytics, privacy, transition to tertiary education, and professional development for academics.

Us is designed to explore groups, teams and collaboration, as well as key topics related to how cohorts of staff and students work together. It will explore collaboration: between educators, learning designers and technologists; within and across institutions; among students; and between staff and students. It provides an opportunity to explore how we can harness our collective intelligence, share resources, capitalise on the potential of open education and open educational resources, build and leverage networks, and work smarter by working together.

IT – or it – focuses on educational tools, including both technology and pedagogy. It provides space to explore hot topics in technology, including: augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality; artificial intelligence, natural language processing and machine learning; gaming and simulation; and the systems and tools that run our courses and our campuses. It also provides an opportunity to explore the pedagogical approaches and innovations that go hand-in-hand with technological innovation.

Types of Submissions

ASCILITE 2017 is not just about papers. It’s about opportunities for engagement. This means we are looking for a diverse range of session types. You can choose the format that works best for your topic. If your preferred format is not listed, please get in contact to discuss your ideas: ascilite2017@usq.edu.au.

Double blind peer reviewed

The ASCILITE 2017 conference has THREE submission types which will be double blind peer reviewed.

Full Paper

Full Papers may feature significant theoretical reviews, research studies in areas of emergent or innovative educational practice, case studies, evaluations or projects. Full Papers are expected to present quality research and require that the paper be original and have the potential to produce results that are sufficiently general for theoretical and/or practical knowledge to be recognisably increased.  Accepted Full Papers will be allocated a 25 minute presentation slot in the final program. Full Paper submissions are a maximum of 10 pages, including references. Refer to the Submission Guidelines for details on what to submit.

Concise Paper

Concise Papers are around work in progress for pilot studies, small-scale exploratory projects, and reports on highly specialized topics or conceptual papers on recent development. Concise Papers also encompass reviews of key new directions for developing research-based best practices and for conducting research into practices in technology supported teaching and learning. Accepted Concise Papers will be allocated a 15 minute presentation slot in the final program. Concise Paper submissions are a maximum of 5 pages. Refer to the Submission Guidelines for details on what to submit.

Digital Poster

Posters offer visual representations of projects and development initiatives that provide opportunities for conference delegates to discuss the topic with presenters. Posters enable individuals or groups to display information about innovative projects or activities in an informal, interactive environment. Digital Poster submissions are a maximum of 1 page, including references. A poster session will be scheduled as part of the final program. Refer to the Submission Guidelines for details on what to submit.

Double peer (not blind) reviewed

The ASCILITE 2017 conference has SIX submission types, which will be double peer, but not blind, reviewed:

Debate

A Debate involves two debaters critically explore a hot topic. Each debater presents his or her opposing view about the topic.  The audience votes on which debater provided the most compelling view or argument. For example a hot topic could be “technology has made universities redundant”. Accepted Debates will be allocated a 25 minute presentation slot in the final program. Debate submissions are a maximum of 2 pages, including references. Refer to the Submission Guidelines for details on what to submit.

Lightning Talk

Lightning Talks are opportunities to provide a very short overview of a project, showcase a technology or implementation, or highlight a key issue. Presentations are strictly limited to 5 minutes. Lightning Talk submissions are a maximum of 1 page, including references. Refer to the Submission Guidelines for details on what to submit.

Lightning Round

A Lightning Round features 3 to 4 short presentations (for example 5 minutes) by different speakers all critically exploring the same topic, from different perspectives. Accepted Lightning Rounds will be allocated a 25 minute presentation slot in the final program. Lightning Round submissions are a maximum of 2 pages, including references. Refer to the Submission Guidelines for details on what to submit.

Open Fishbowls

Open Fishbowl sessions create a space for dialogue on a topic of broad interest to the ASCILITE community.  Details on how to run an Open Fishbowl session can be found here. Accepted Open Fishbowl sessions will be allocated a 50 minute presentation slot in the final program. Open fishbowl submissions are a maximum of 2 pages, including references. Refer to the Submission Guidelines for details on what to submit.

Experimental Sessions

Experimental sessions are about going beyond the traditional ‘sage on the stage’ format. These sessions have a primary focus on encouraging delegate engagement and participation. Examples may include demonstrations, performances, installations, design sessions, unsessions, maker or hackathons, or interactive experiences. Sessions might result in the creation of outputs such as videos, learning objects or writings, to further emphasise engagement. The time slot allocated to accept Experimental Sessions in the final program can span a 25 to 50 minute timeframe, depending on type of session proposed. Experimental Session submissions are a maximum of 2 pages, including references. Refer to the Submission Guidelines for details on what to submit.

Post Conference Workshop (Half or Full Day)

Workshops contribute towards professional development in educational technology related topics. In many cases workshops are derived from staff development activities conducted previously at the presenters’ own institutions. Workshops enable participants to engage with colleagues and experts in specific fields, to acquire knowledge, enhance skills and develop broader perspective. Workshops will take place post ASCILITE 2017 conference on Thursday 7 December. Workshop submissions are a maximum of 2 pages, including references. Refer to the Submission Guidelines for details on what to submit.

Submission Requirements

Check the Submission Guidelines for information on what to submit.

Criteria for Selection

All submissions will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Alignment to the conference theme
  • Conceptual quality
  • Originality and innovation of the work/proposal
  • Clarity, coherence and organisation of writing
  • The value/interest of the topic for a diverse range of delegates
  • Appropriateness of the session type/format for the topic 

How to Make a Submission

All submissions should be made using the online system EasyChair. We’ve created a guide to using EasyChair [PDF] to help you with making your submission.

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Submission guidelines

Key Dates

  • 15 May 2017: Call for reviewers closes
  • 5 June 2017: Deadline for submissions
  • 12 June 2017: Submissions sent to reviewers
  • 24 June 2017: Deadline for accepting/rejecting submissions to review
  • 3 July 2017: Early bird registrations open
  • 24 July 2017: Deadline to complete reviews
  • 31 July 2017: Author notification
  • 28 August 2017: Final revised papers due; draft program available
  • 2 October 2017: Early bird closes; standard registration opens; final program available
  • 6 November 2017: Proceedings released on website
  • 27 November: Registration closes
  • 4-6 December 2017: Conference

EasyChair Guide

We’ve created a guide to using the paper submission tool EasyChair [PDF] to help you with the submission process.

Questions

If you have any questions or have any issues in making your submission please email ascilite2017@usq.edu.au